Darke County Fair Court members, from left, Morgan McKinney, Mackenzie Dirmeyer and Jenna Cline grab a bite to eat while visiting the Butler county Fair Monday, July 21, 2014, in Hamilton. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Decadent funnel cakes, big country artists and more in store at one of region’s ‘greatest’ fairs

It’s not called The ‘Great’ Darke County Fair for nothing.

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So much will be happening this year at The Great Darke County Fair, including a Big & Rich headlining concert with special guest Tracy Lawrence. Tickets start at $37 and go up to just $55 for VIP tickets.

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There are several varieties of funnel cakes at the Great Darke County Fair, including this Boston Cream version. JIM INGRAM/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer

All nine days of the fair are packed with hour-by-hour happenings. There is so much going on that it would be impossible to do it all in one day. That’s why a nine-day pass for only $20 is well worth it, when a daily pass is $7. Children ages 11 and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult.

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Some events and entertainment happenings that we just can’t wait for are the Junior Fair Canine King & Queen Contest on Friday, Aug. 17, the classic harness racing in the grandstand on Saturday, Aug. 18 and “Chicken Dress Up” on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich will perform at the 2018 Great Darke County Fair. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
Photo: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images

“The Great Darke County Fair received the blue ribbon award this year for excellence in the harness racing program. Thank you to those of you that helped us receive this award this year. It is an honor to be recognized as one of the top fairs in the country,” read an article on the fair’s website.

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A couple kiss on the midway at the Darke County Fair Wednesday evening. After the barn animal are tucked into their stalls the fair midway comes to life.
Photo: Jim Noelker

An entire rundown of the week’s activities is listed day-by-day on The Darke County Fair website at darkcountyfair.com


WHAT: The 2018 Great Darke County Fair

WHEN:  Aug. 17- 25

WHERE: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville

INFO: darkcountyfair.com